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Sensational development as two more A-League stars are accused of being part of a group that allegedly fixed matches in a gambling scandal, court documents reveal


Two more A-League players have been named as participants in an alleged bet-fixing scandal involving their Macarthur FC teammates, according to court documents.

Matthew Millar and Jed Drew were accused of being part of a criminal ring that also allegedly involved the three accused players, club captain Ulises Davila and teammates Clayton Lewis and Kearyn Baccus.

Their identities were revealed in court documents on Thursday as midfielder Baccus, 32, became the first of the trio to face trial over an alleged conspiracy to obtain yellow cards for payment.

Macarthur FC star Kearyn Baccus (right) is pictured outside a Sydney court on Thursday after being charged with corrupting a betting result.

Baccus' A-League team-mate Matthew Millar (pictured) has also been accused of being part of a betting corruption scheme by deliberately receiving yellow cards during matches.

Baccus’ A-League team-mate Matthew Millar (pictured) has also been accused of being part of a betting corruption scheme by deliberately receiving yellow cards during matches.

Macarthur’s Jed Drew (pictured) was also named as one of the accused players in court on Thursday in a sensational move.

Neither Millar nor Drew have been charged, however police previously said they were looking for another Macarthur player who was not in NSW at the time of the arrests in mid-May.

Davila, 33, was arrested and charged after he allegedly paid Baccus and Lewis, 27, to deliberately receive yellow cards in a scheme that NSW Police said led to hundreds of thousands of dollars in winnings being paid out.

All three are out on bail.

Police said on Thursday that investigations into an alleged bet-fixing syndicate were continuing.

Macarthur FC have been contacted for comment.

Macarthur's Clayton Lewis (left) has yet to face trial after also being charged with the alleged offenses

Macarthur’s Clayton Lewis (left) has yet to face trial after also being charged with the alleged offenses

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Macarthur captain Ulises Davila (pictured) is accused of being involved in manipulating the awarding of yellow cards in games on November 24 and December 9 last year.

Macarthur captain Ulises Davila (pictured) is accused of being involved in manipulating the awarding of yellow cards in games on November 24 and December 9 last year.

Baccus appeared in Campbelltown Local Court on Thursday but did not speak during a brief mention and did not say how he would defend himself when questioned outside court.

His lawyer, Bryan Wrench, told the court that the competitive nature of A-League matches should be taken into account when assessing the case.

«It was a circumstance where he was a highly competitive, aggressive player,» he said.

Baccus’ case was adjourned to June 24, when he is expected to appear in Downing Center Local Court alongside Davila.

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A «responsible gambling» ad featuring Baccus (pictured) was pulled after he was charged

Investigators say the yellow cards, which are generally issued as a warning by referees for foul play, were rigged during matches played on November 24 and December 9.

Macarthur drew 1–1 with Melbourne Victory on 24 November before beating Sydney FC 2–0 on 9 December.

All three accused players were booked in the December 9 game against Sydney.

Investigators also say failed attempts were made to do the same during the April 20 and May 4 games.

Football Australia subsequently stood the trio down and hit them with temporary suspensions under their code of conduct.



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